Friday, March 20, 2015

VerbalAssault-Trial LP




















V.A. have a deep Albany NY connection, as they played to us like what seemed like monthly back in the day.  The back cover photo of this album is taken at an old Albany club called 288 Lark Street.  The band started off as a pretty basic sounding straight edge band, but then by this release completely reinvented its sound doing a 180.  When this came out, I'd never heard anything that sounded so produced and well played technical hardcore.  Listening to this makes me wish I still had my Verbal Assault long sleeve.

The last time I saw these guys was in Albany with No Outlet, Go, SFA, and Born Against.  The band showed up a day early and my friend Damon Douglas let them stay at his parents house in the suburbs in upstate NY.  The band decided they wanted to practice because they had written new material to record for an upcoming 12" called "On".  They ended up setting up their gear and playing to about five of us in Damon's basement while his parents patiently did what ever it is parents did back then.  This is a really fond memory.


















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Sunday, March 15, 2015

My Want List

Some records I still need.  Will trade or pay money.

Identity Crysis-tied to the tracks 7"
Phantom Lord- evil never sleeps Lp
Phantom Lord-s/t Lp
Scared Straight- you drink, you drive, you die Lp
Subculture- I heard a scream Lp
Exorcist-nightmare theatre Lp
Dream Death-Journey into mystery Lp
Stone Henge-cats eyez 7"
Hobbs Angel Of Death-s/t Lp 
Griffin- flight of the griffin Lp
Griffin- protectors of the lair
Schizo- thrash the unreasonable tape
Slam- ingens Slav Lp
M 16- locked and loaded Lp
YĆ²uth Youth Youth - repackaged Lp
Iron Rainbow- metal man 7"
Witch Cross 7"
Satanic Rites Live to ride 7"




Friday, February 20, 2015

JBA-Who fucked up the culture? LP


















1.playing with fire
2.fitting the mood
3.clever like shit
4.scene through
5.fading like a bad tan
6.thought whats that?
7.convenience is the conclusion
8.another fucking love song
9.closed in
10.beyond a measure
11.kill a commie(Gang Green)
12.dandy

 JBA stood for John Brown's Army. I played guitar and sang in this band after Devoid Of Faith broke up. I really wanted to do something similar to DOF, but with an even more Japanese meets Sweden meets 80's NYHC influence to it.
I miss those days of having a scheduled band practice every week.  Simple times back then.  It really was a great time that in some weird way really was relaxing...or at least an escape from the other crap that was happening in life.  No matter what was happening... I knew I'd be jamming a certain night.
We started off as a three piece with Matto playing bass.  Recorded a couple 7"s with that line up, then we later switched him to second guitar, and added my roommate Eric to bass.
 I did most the writing, Matto did most the solos and Robb Cole killed it on drums.  We played lots of shows on the East coast, and then did a small West coast tour adding my old band mate Jim Macnaughton on bass.  Unfortunately he never recorded with us, and shortly after that tour we broke up(although I really can't recall why we disbanded).   I'm very proud of this recording.  The songs are good, and the recording is stellar in my opinion.  Will Killingsworth of Dead Air studios was the man responsible.  Best engineer I've ever worked with.

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Matto & Jim in San Jose CA. Photo by the great Murray Bowles


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Thursday, February 19, 2015

SEIZED-Discography(1995-98)





















1.farewell
2.remove all
3.the drowning
4.total mess
5.under the 4th moon
6.imbalance
7.flee from reality
8.mysos
9.hand of doom

Seized were a very heavy Canadian doom-sludge band who didn't have a guitarist, but instead had two bass players.  It was seriously interesting to see live.  Metalheads and punks alike seemed to love these dirtbags.  Pretty sure they existed between 1995-98 out of Quebec and Sherbrooke.   My old band DOF did a split 7" with them, it might be Seized's first release?  My relationship started with these guys when I was introduced to them via my 'ol Canadian pal Simon Harvey.  He did a label at the time called Dysgusher, and thought that my other band Monster X would be perfectly matched to do a split 7" with his friends from Human Greed(who he had done a record with).  We ended up doing a split on Hater Of God, and spending lots of time with the Human Greed guys playing shows, traveling between countries and doing mini weekend tours.  When Human Greed broke up, members went on to form Seized, so we were backing them 100%, and loving what they were doing.  I miss Steph and Wag.  I have a memory of staying over at Stephs house in Sherbrooke, and waking up to his pitt-bull(Bum) humping my head and then stealing my friend Kerry's panties.  It took two people to get him off of me.  RIP Bum.  Pretty awesome/strange cover of Sabbaths hand of doom.  Enjoy the tunes.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

WARHEAD-Cry of truth 7"(1992)



















One of my favorite Japanese hardcore bands ever.  Right up there after Bastard and Gauze.  When my Japanese friends were booking my old band the Oath to tour Japan for 10 days he asked me with whom we wanted to play.  Warhead were at the top of my list, and Kenji made my wishes come true.  I had a mostly terrible time in Japan for numerous reasons, but seeing these guys was a high point.  This is prior to them ever playing outside of Japan.





















When we got to the gig the members of warhead were already there, making jokes to one another, obviously about us.  Japanese show tradition is that everyone sound checks, and sorta plays a few songs for the other bands in a form of respect (I think)... its sorta weird, but you get used to it after a while.  The backline is provided by the club, so everyone plays out of the same amps, and drums.  The bands just bring their guitars, and cymbals. We showed up late or something, and somehow missed Warheads sound check, so I think there was some early tension.  The singer and drummer were really scary dudes.  Older Japanese punks who had obviously been around forever and didn't fit in with Japanese social culture at all.  I felt like they were the first true Japanese punks we had come across over there.  The guitarist was obviously a junkie.  The bassist looked nice enough though.  At any rate no one had told me that these older Japanese bands didn't want to be photographed or video taped while gigging.  Well that led to trouble right off the bat.  I was right up front when WH started playing... the singer was going apeshit, then noticed me shooting video or photos and rushed over to me and started screaming in my face in Japanese, then using his finger on his neck motioning for me to cut it.  It took another audience member to relay this to me, and let me know that it wasn't cool and to stop.  I sorta did, though i think I tried to stealthly take some shots.  I'll post some in this upload, although they are crappy due to the earliest of digital cameras.
By the end of the night we went out to eat and drink with Warhead... I ended up bonding with the bassist(talking about hard rock).  Everyone was shit faced drunk and became friends.  End of my Warhead story.








Dinner with Warhead











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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The VERGE- Habitual 7" (1983)



















1. tradition
2. understand
3. picturesque
4. hypocrisy

The Verge were a great band from Albany NY that were around a little to early for me to see them live.  They formed in 1980 or 81 and were known to open for bands like the Ramones, and even Flipper in Albany and Saratoga.  This is my favorite Albany record from those early years.  So much so that I actually owned three copies of this rarity at one time.  Its not a hardcore record at all..  I always thought they reminded me of Joy Division meets Killing Joke.   Its a KBD type ep.  I've heard people refer to them as power pop, I don't see it.  Supposedly there is an entire unreleased LP that was recorded, then axed because the band broke up.  I would love to hear this...because at the end of their career they supposedly started playing faster and harder.  I hope a band member unearths it someday, and it gets a proper release on vinyl.

ASSUCK/ OLD LADY DRIVERS Split 7" (1990)





















Assuck is another one of those bands that saved many of us during the 90's when good hardcore seemed a real rarity.  I only got to see these guys twice, both times in NYC at CBGBs.  The band formed in 1987 in Florida where the death metal scene was growing strong. They really crossed over to the metal scene... as the frantic, well produced/played grindcore they were playing resinated with both punks and metalheads.  Dudes were real pioneers.  OLD went on to put out records on Earache.

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Monday, February 16, 2015

HAIL MARY-Demo Tape (1997)


















1. an island of sanity in a sea of madness
2. a foot in the mouth
3. el toro
4. it made you sick
5. for what its worth

One can't think about Albany Hardcore and not think about Mark Telfian.  Dude stuck around the scene forever.  I met him in 1990 at a random show.  He usually played guitar and wrote riffs(Limp Wrist, DOF, Conniption, Amongst Ourselves, By The Throat, Death Squad)... not in this band though, this is his first time fronting a band and singing.  He had actually asked me to jam with him playing bass along with the the og guitarist and drummer.  I did it twice, and Mark smartened up and booted me because I was poisoning the others by telling them it was a Born Against clone.  The Og guitarist Jim Kopta passed away around a decade ago in a freak accident.  Really sad.  This band had way to many line up changes...over 25 in all its years.  At any rate here is the demo.  Enjoy it!













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Sunday, February 15, 2015

CROSSED OUT-Discography 1990-1993




















Its been a while...
This is the stuff that saved me in the 1990's when hardcore punk seemed to be going south. Everyone seemed to be slowing down, or going post something or another... not these guys.  The band was from the San Diego area and existed for three short years and played something like 15 shows. Its obvious that they were influenced by No Comment, and Infest.  I bought the bands first 7" at Erl records in Albany NY and was blown away by how brutal the band was.  I later bought the split with MITB from the same shop, and then got the split 5" from my friend Brian who played in Dropdead.  If you haven't heard this, but are a fan of brutal music...47 songs, this is heaven.

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Re Upped a bunch of crap

I re upped about 30 records on the blog last week.  Its something I'll def try to keep doing in the future.  Enjoy the tunes...
some of the re-ups are:

Zouo 7"
Idiots LP
Divine Malice demo
Sadistic Sex demo
Kwik Way LP
Bastard LP
Rat Pack 7"
BHT demo
Chronic Disorder LP
Graven Image 7"
RKL live tape
Faff-Bey LP
Cut The Shit-Harmed LP

Lots more... Use the search function (upper left)

Friday, June 6, 2014

ROMPER ROOM REJECTS-10 song demo(1987)





1.Skate or die
2.Abortion
3.Reagan lies
4.Use your brain
5.Trial & Error
6.Drunken State
7.Judgement Day
8.Body pile
9.Challenger
10.No fun after curfew

I thought this recording was lost forever, but it was actually saved recently.  The Romper Room Rejects was a band I was in that started in 1986 in SF CA.  My best bud Zoran(the mightyZee) played guitar, I sang, Kenny Donovan pounded the drums, and Michael Roi played Bass.  I'd heard Michael passed away within the last couple years.  He was a French immigrant who at that time had no papers to be here.  Totally a sweet guy.
We practiced at my apt on Fell street in the Hayes district of the city.  At that time it was a really rough neighborhood.  We'd eat at soup kitchens with our punk peers. Bomb hills on our skateboards, Party like everyday was our last,, and go to every show in the city.  It was the funnest time of my life.
The demo was recorded by this guy Brian in 1987 at the Gilman Street warehouse.  When the club first opened they decided to try recording bands on days, and mornings(or whenever there wasn't a gig or meeting).  We set up one morning like we were playing live on the stage, Brian got our sounds and mix, and then had us roll through our songs while he'd capture the recording through whatever weird set up they had there.  No over dubs.. totally live.  Our heros were RKL, Corrupted Morals, Attitude Adjustment, Poison Idea, Agnostic Front and a good heap of bay area metal bands(Sacrilege BC, Possessed, Death Angel, Exodus, etc.).  At any rate there are 10 songs here.  Thanks to Anthony for helping to save this recording.

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Michael, Kenny, Zoran, Nate
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Thursday, May 8, 2014

RAISE CAIN-Bootleg 7"(1992)



1.Apache
2.Hi speed
3.Indians
4.Liar

I have no idea why the band named this ep "bootleg", its not one.  I was turned on to Japanese hardcore pretty early by a friend of mine in Albany named Louis.  He was blasting the stuff for me in the late 80's... I didn't get it then(I was a idiot).  There were very few dudes in the U.S. scene who were really exposed and immersed in this stuff back then.  Brian Dropdead, and Wedge from Ohio were others who were totally into it like my buddy Louis.  Brian even did a zine called Japcore.  He'd sell his zines and some random records he was distroing at shows that I would frequent in the early 90's.  I recall buying the first Voorhees 7" and this ep from him at a show.  He raved about both bands.  Raise Cain sorta remind me of a less powerful Bastard.  The songs are furiously fast, and articulately tight.  The vox are brutal and sung with lots of passion.  lots of noodling solos make this epic enough for this metalhead.

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PIRANHA-Big fucking teeth demo (1988)




1.Nursey Rhymes
2.Alone we'll survive

Anyone not familiar with this is in for a real treat.  I was lucky enough to see these guys in the Bay Area in around 1987.  The band featured ex Exodus front man Paul Baloff who formed this band after he'd been replaced by Legacy's vocalist and was booted from Exodus.
This line up only lasted maybe a year before Paul left Piranha to front Heathen.  At some point he left Heathen and tried to reform Piranha with a new line up.   Paul was a real character.  He loved his drink, drugs, and thrash metal.  I became friends with him when he started managing and booking bands at the rock on broadway.  Its rumored that this was Produced by James Hetfield.  Pretty sure thats not true.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

INTENT-1989 demo tape




















1. reach out
2. it won't happen that way
3.meaningless
4. stupid fools
5. dirt
6. identity
7. alone
8. so what

I haven't posted on here in a while.  Been busy raising my daughter and doing other stuff.  Recently found this tape and wanted to get it up here so maybe it wouldn't get lost forever.

 This demo tape came out in 1989, and was recorded at Cotton hill studios live. It is missing two songs from the original tape due to the quality of the tape being to fucked up.  The band was from Albany NY and featured Steve Watts on vox, Dave Stevenson on guitar, Kevin O on drums, and myself on bass.  Both Kevin and myself went on to play in Devoid Of Faith.  Intent played a shit ton of shows, and existed for maybe 3 years with a few different line ups and crappy 7"s.  This is my favorite recorded material by the band, as its raw and we were listening to the likes of Infest, Fear Of God, Heresy, Black Flag, Void, etc.  We were one of the few non Straightedge bands from the area to be playing hardcore in a sea of way to much of that NYC HC tough guy shit.
Thanks to my old Friend Marc for finding the original artwork for this in his tape collection. 



















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Thursday, September 27, 2012

DEATH SQUAD-7" ep



1.Attack & Retreat
2.Walking on Rusty Nails
3.Double or Nothing

This was a really fun band to play in.   It was really relaxing to do.  I worked with My buddy Mark Telfian painting houses all day, then we'd go write songs or practice them after work.  It was a great stress release.  This was recorded in 2003, and released on youth Attack Records while we were all living in Albany NY.  McCoy did the entire layout, and made it look as questionable as Telfians politics.  I  love it.  We wrote these songs in Altamont NY at Dan Barkers parents house.  He played drums.  My 'ol buddy/roomate Eric Schou played bass, Mark Telfian played guitar, and did the main vox.  I played lead guitars, acoustic guitars, and back up vox.
We recorded the ep at Will Dandy's Dead Air Studio in Western Mass.  At the time that Mark and I were writing these songs, we were heavily influenced by three bands.  Megadeth, Abc Diablo, and Citizens Arrest. Thats all I recall listening to during that time period. I don't think you can hear the influences so much, but that is what we were going for musically.  I wish we'd been able to do more together.  We recorded a demo tape, that later got pressed to vinyl, but thats really it... enjoy.

http://www.mediafire.com/?f9acmkn2nzysjm6

Sunday, July 29, 2012

DISCHARGE-Live at the Farm in S.F. Sept 7th 1986(getting heckeled))


This tape being uncovered I owe to my friend Kevin 'O who I gave the only copy to well over twenty years ago.  He was nice enough to save it, and recently sent it back to me.  My guess is that if I would have kept it, it would be lost in a sea of tapes, or given away to someone else.  I wish I still had the Possessed, and A.A. sets from the gig on tape... they are lost in a sea of tapes for sure. 
The tape is from 1986 at the Farm in SF.  It was the last show Discharge played after touring the U.S.A. on a their sell out LP.   I had no idea that they had put out a bad record, and were touring on it, so me hearing them sounding like this was a complete shock.  I was ready to hear the classic Discharge... I can be heard talking to another dude standing next to me about how they sound worse then Ratt, and wondering if anyone from the Orig lineup is even in the band.  They really were horrible, and within the first song you can hear the crowd chanting fuck you.  Within 10 mins in they give up playing, and for the next 30 mins, random dudes come out on stage to yell at the crowd, and tell them the cops are coming, and that we are closed minded assholes.  Andy Anderson(Attitude Adjustment), and Scotty Verbal Abuse are some of the randoms talking the crowd down.  Seriously a great memory.  The entire farm chanting DRI, DRI, DRI, DRI...In hopes that DRI who had opened would come back out and play.  Turns out that when Discharge came back out to give it another go, DRI walked up with a trash can full of garbage and threw it at the band.  Members of the band were actually crying because of the reaction.  Years later My friend Jim MacNaughton told me he saw them at La'Mar or something in NY, and the same thing happened.  That would have been at the beginning of the tour.  Hard to believe they toured like this. The recording was done on a little walkmen type tape player, but sounds awesome.  There are only a few songs played, most the time of this tape is the great banter by roadies, and SF scene dudes.  Pretty sure nothing else in the world exists like this. Enjoy the download

http://www.mediafire.com/?9wya1kcyt3ntf97


Sunday, April 1, 2012

TERROR-Evil Of Terror 7"(1989)


1.dictator ship
2.timer
3.breaker
4.no see mine

Years before any one else was calling themselves Terror, these guys were playing as Terror.  I know very little about these Japanese thrashers.  My old Albany friend Louis J gave me this one back in the early 1990's.  All he said was "enjoy this Japanese rarity".   He was the first guy I'd ever met who went balls out collecting Japanese punk hardcore records.  It was like an addiction for the guy.  Even back in 1989 he was sometimes paying $75 for records that I thought he was insane for buying.  Turned out he was way ahead of his time.
The record is chock full of speed and blur.  I'd say they were influenced by the likes of SOB, Outo, Gauze, etc.  The vocals are what make this for me.  I love the Totally raw recording on this ep.  The songs are all like 3-4 mins long, but the only one with any metal influence that I'm here is "no see mine".  The others are all raging hardcore tunes with some cool breakdowns to boot.  Enjoy.

http://www.mediafire.com/?0eigk94ip1jw186

Friday, March 30, 2012

ANTI-Defy the System LP(1983)


1.I try
2.lies
3.your governments calling you
4.working in a factory
5.maps of the stars homes
6.your problems
7.five downtown
8.nothing new
9.club me like a baby seal
10.backfire bomber
11.be free
12.overthrow the government
13.parents of punks
14.repressed Aggression

I haven't listened to this LP in a really long time.  I originally bought it at the Record Vault on Polk street in San Fransisco in around 1985 or 1986.  I had no idea what they sounded like, but was told I should buy it by Andy Airborne who sang for Attitude Adjustment at the time.  He worked at the shop on weekends, and told me Anti were a heavy influence on Attitude Adjustment.  I was sold on that and the art work.  Upon getting back to my apartment to listen to the LP I was somewhat disappointed by what I heard.  The band played a more mid paced punk style rather then the thrashy HC that I was sorta expecting.  I'd say if you crossed the Circle Jerks with Adolescents you'd understand the sound I'm talking about.  The sound has def grown on me.  Its melodic as hell punk, with snotty vocals, and kick ass catchy guitar solos that make me happy when hearing this.  Still not sure if Andy was fucking with me or not...but I sorta think the bands politics and punk attitude might have had a influence on AA.  I did take a lot of his recommendations, and most panned out and kept me a happy little thrasher.  The band was from L.A., and with this release have nailed the L.A. punk sound.


http://www.mediafire.com/?6z35b233532drn2

Sunday, March 18, 2012

NOCTURNUS-s/t 7" ep(1993)



1. Posses the priest
2. Mummified

This ep was released just after the band had broken up, and even though there are only two songs on the ep, there is 10 mins worth of music.  These guys were one of the first death metal bands to incorporate a keyboard player both live and on records.   As any old metal heads out there remember key boards were a no no for most metal.  NO FUCKING KEYBOARDS!  When I first looked at their records I had the same thought. With these guys I always thought it worked pretty well though, as the themes of the songs were always pretty Sci-fi based, and it worked as cool back ground effects.  I was turned onto the band by Dave & Jack who owned Erl Records.  They would always call me up when new stuff came in, and throw stuff in the save drawer at their shop for me.  I first discovered Carcass, and Crossed Out through these guys and their Albany NY based record shop.  I picked up this bands first LP from them, and consistently kept buying other stuff from them that they released.  These dudes were total Technical death nerds, and influenced a slew of other death-tech bands.  The original line up included the first Morbid Angel drummer(who also sang).  Florida death metal will always have a place in my heart.

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Friday, March 16, 2012

WISHFUL THINKING-rise to surprise 7"(1989)



1.positive I.D.
2.self-esteem
3.it goes both ways
4.end of fear
5.time out
6.inside out
7.hey fool!
8.barriers
9.rise to surprise

Here is some more Western Mass hardcore for you.  As stated in the Outpatients post before this, I mentioned I saw these guys in a basement with G-Man.  Wishful thinking blew me away live.  Total straight edge youth crew, but a bit more harsh sounding then say youth of today, etc.  I'd say Wishful thinking were influenced by lots of straight edge(duh...Minor threat for sure), but mixed in the speed and rawness of other bands from their area(Deep Wound, Siege, Outpatients, etc).  After I'd seen them, and got the 7" I tried to turn on the Albany folks I started to meet in the scene.  Albany was sorta weird though.  A very Straight edge, New York hardcore mentality existed here.  If it wasn't from NY, it wasn't of interest to about 80% of the scene.   Dudes in Albany who wanted to book, SNFU, Victims Family, Operation Ivy, and bands that weren't "hard" or "straight" had to book Judge, Token Entry, Super Touch, Sick Of It All, YOT, Breakdown, GB, etc. to get kids to come out to shows.  It was weird.
Years after seeing these guys, and getting the 7" from my Western Mass connection, I'd met, and become friends with the singer of Wishful thinking.  Mark Dargie, one of the nicest guys ever.  I think I met him selling his record collection at a show.  He's still around, and semi hip to whats going on.  Download this...nine ragers on this 7" ep slab.


http://www.mediafire.com/?31mmwoocdd7m06c


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

OUTPATIENTS-Hardcore Outcasts Revisited('82-"84)

    1. Light Blue
    2. Land of the Lost
    3. Fight
    4. J.O.C.
    5. Go Play
    6. G.P.D.
    7. Balloon Head
    8. TV Violence
    9. Push-Button Warfare
    10. Jenny Gurd
    11. Cover Girl
    12. Zombie Tyme
    13. Barriers to Bridges
    14. Backwards Explosion

    I was turned onto these guys by a kid i'd met at Worlds Records in Albany NY maybe around 1989.  I'd just moved back to the area from SF, and really hadn't met to many Albany punk/hc people yet.  The guy I met wasn't from Albany, he was from Pittsfield Massachusetts(45 mins away).  Back then when one saw another person in say a 7 Seconds shirt on or something, you'd approach them and make some conversation(seems like that sorta thing doesn't really happen anymore).  At any rate  this dude and myself exchanged info, and I ended up going to a couple of shows in Western MA with him.  One was in a basement, with a band called Wishful Thinking, and G-Man.  This guy introduced me to some of his friends, and a few months later sent me a copy of the outpatients demo, and a Wishful Thinking 7".

    I'm pretty sure I still have the demo, but haven't unearthed it yet(or seen it in over a decade).  This CD compiles the bands early stuff, including the demo.  I love this stuff..raw silly sounding thrashed out punk hardcore.

    http://www.mediafire.com/?qfnmpyeaxlp28v8

    Wednesday, February 15, 2012

    P0IS0N-Further Down Into The Abyss(1984-87)


    1.sphinx
    2.lurking fear
    3.slaves(of the crucifix)
    4.requiem/alive(undead)
    5.satan commands
    6.zombie dance
    7.angel of satan
    8.alive(undead)
    9.wake the dead
    10.black death
    11.witchfynde
    12.possessed (by hell)

    fucking Metal!!!  This should not be confused with the cock rock band with the same name.
    I wasn't familiar with these guys in the early days.  It wasn't until the 90's that I was introduced to them by this metal freak named John who would frequent the comic shop I worked at.  John would swing by every week, and give me cassettes of demo's and rare obscure metal records that he had dubbed for me.  What I recall most about this dude was that he lived at home with him mom, but had a porn addiction that i'd say matched almost any one I'd ever met.  Dude drove around in this clunker of a car(like a la barren I think), blasting metal on his tape deck, with his video porn collection stored in the trunk so that his mother wouldn't find it at home.  Totally hilarious.  All I could ever imagine was him getting in an accident, or pulled over by the cops who searched his car only to find a huge stash of porn in the trunk.  At any rate John taped me one of this bands demo's from the 80's.  Years later I saw this sucker and knew I needed it.  I guess this German Black/Death/Thrash band flew under my radar because I was more interested in Sodom, Kreator, and Destruction.  At any rate this compiles a bunch of demo tracks, a live tune, and some other rarities.  The band formed in the early 80's, and signed some bogus contract that didn't allow them to record anything for some time.  This lead to inactivity, and then the bands break up. 

    http://www.mediafire.com/?px7uvsxcmgn2so3

    Thursday, February 9, 2012

    EUCHARIST-S/T LP(1996)

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    1.Plague
    2.Born In A Mess
    3. Exit
    4.Promised
    5.Splintered
    6.Spoon Fed
    7.Fangs
    8.Praying For Failure
    9.Body And Blood    
    10.Frozen Minds
    11.You've Been Had
    12.Sensory Deprivation
    13.Invincible
    14. Fooled Again
              
    Here is another obscure classic hardcore release from the 90's.  Eucharist were from Richmond Virginia, and put out this 12" LP, and another four compilation tracks.  Unfortunately the band never did a demo. The band did an entire U.S. tour with Suppression, and played the North East pretty regularly.  My connection to this is that one of my best friends, Mark Telfian formed this band after leaving my band Devoid Of Faith, and moving from Albany down south.  Mark played on many a records including, Conniption, DOF, Death Squad, By The Throat, Hail Mary and Limp Wrist.  This one is by far his most triumphant recording.  The songs are short, tight, and very harsh sounding.  Totally brutal stuff indeed.  I always thought the band was under the influence of Econochrist meets Citizens Arrest or Rorschach.  When I mentioned this to Mark he laughed and said "Negative Approach dude".  This came out on Mountain, a label run by Chris Jenson.  Enjoy!

    A sample:





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    Sunday, February 5, 2012

    COLD WORLD-you're an asshole 7" (1993)

    1.you're an asshole
    2.bad seed grows fine
    3.shame
    4.conform

    The 90's were at times some what depressing for balls out raging hardcore.  Times they were a changing, and "diversity" had unfortunately infected the scene.  Bands like Dropdead, Man Is The Bastard, Disrupt, Voorhees, Bastard, etc gave us hope.  When I first heard Cold World in 1992 it automatically made me think of Heresy Meets Agnostic Front.  C.W. took the speed from thrashers like Heresy & Ripcord, and added the hardness, and vocal style of AF.  This was a breath of fresh air for me because I really wasn't ready to leave the sounds of the 80's yet.  This bands music, was always blasting in the background at a comic book shop I worked in in 1994.  The bands CD's and records were always for sale in my distro.  I pushed them hard on the kids who were buying punk music from me back then.
    The first tune on this ep is a slow one, but the other three fly by fast.
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    Sunday, January 22, 2012

    PERMANENT TRIP-demo


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    1.coffee break
    2.stazi
    3.rotten
    4.dregs

    PT was a band that I did with an ex roomate Jason Krak, and his brother Jared who plays drums.  Also involved was Sean Doody who played bass, and has been in the band End Of A Year for a good amount of time now.  Musically I think we were influenced by the likes of Neurosis, Citizens Arrest, Bastard & Weed.  We used a lot of the wah wah pedal to stoner things up a bit, and to try an do something a little different.  I don't think it worked as well on here as it did the ep. This was recorded by Will Dandy at Dead Air Studios in Western Mass.  We played some really fun shows, and recorded a 7" for my buddy Dan Barkers record label.  I ended up leaving the band because I moved from Albany NY to Brooklyn NY.  The band replaced me, and recorded another demo.   I'll up the 7" sometime in the near future.  Good times...

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